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Aussie pair to make Four Nations

Melbourne prop Brett White
White won the NRL final with Melbourne earlier this month

Brett White and Kurt Gidley have both passed fitness tests and will take part in Australia's Four Nations campaign.

Melbourne prop White had been nursing a shoulder problem while Newcastle and New South Wales skipper Gidley had been struggling with a calf injury.

Full-back Billy Slater and second rower Nathan Hindmarsh are also expected to make Friday's flight to London after overcoming knocks.

Australia will be without winger Israel Folau because of an ankle injury.

The 20-year-old Brisbane Broncos star has been replaced by St George Illawarra winger Brett Morris.

The tournament opens in London on 24 October, with Australia taking on New Zealand in the first match.

The Kangaroos' 24-man squad contains several changes from the side that defeated the Kiwis in May, including recalls for Hindmarsh, Jarryd Hayne and Melbourne pair Cooper Cronk and Ryan Hoffman.

The biggest surprise is the selection of Penrith's Trent Waterhouse, who last played for the Aussies four years ago.

Although Hayne represented Fiji in the World Cup last year, he did play one Test for the Kangaroos before that, against New Zealand in 2007.

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His blistering form in the latter part of this season has seen him rewarded with his second call up. However, unseating incumbent Slater is likely to prove difficult.

Hayne's Parramatta team-mate Hindmarsh last played for Australia two years ago, but with 18 Tests under his belt he is the more experienced of the pair.

Waterhouse also comes with experience, the 28-year-old having previously played 10 Tests for his country. However, with the last of those coming in 2005, his recall is likely to raise eyebrows.

Cronk and Hoffman will play their second and third Tests respectively if they make the final cut, a situation made all the more likely by the number of injury doubts affecting the squad.

There are question marks over the fitness of Anthony Watmough, Luke Lewis, Petero Civoniceva and Ben Hannant.

Coach Tim Sheens is considering the possibility of adding shadow players to the 24-man squad as cover.

Veteran Darren Lockyer, 32, will continue to captain the squad, which contains six new faces including Robbie Farah, Michael Jennings and Josh Morris.


Australia: Petero Civoniceva (Panthers), Cooper Cronk (Storm), Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Ben Hannant (Bulldogs), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Greg Inglis (Storm), Michael Jennings (Panthers), Darren Lockyer (capt, Broncos), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Brett Morris (St George), Josh Morris (Bulldogs), David Shillington (Raiders), Billy Slater (Storm), Cam Smith (Storm), Sam Thaiday (Broncos), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Brett White (Storm).



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